Hawker Hardy
1934
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Hawker Hardy

The Hardy was a two-seat general-purpose biplane developed from the Hart. Production aircraft were built by Gloster Aircraft. The first 37 were powered by 391kW Rolls-Royce Kestrel IB engines, the remaining ten by more powerful Kestrel Xs. These served with the RAF, latterly as a communications type, until 1941.

Hawker Hardy


Specification 
 CREW2
 ENGINE1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel IB, 395kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight2270 kg5005 lb
    Empty weight1450 kg3197 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan11.35 m37 ft 3 in
    Length9.02 m30 ft 7 in
    Height3.23 m11 ft 7 in
    Wing area32.33 m2348.00 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed259 km/h161 mph
    Ceiling5180 m17000 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns

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Hawker HardyA three-view drawing (1284 x 1052)

Comments
philippe.cantinaux@skynet.be, 17.12.2008

The 'K4316' on one of you pictures had a very strange ultimate fate. It was offered by 41 SAAF Sqn ( ?) to the aviation of the ‘Public Force’ (the colonial army/police) of Belgian Congo where it served from 5/14/41 to 5/26/41 keeping its RAF serial. It was lost at the landing at Gambala. Both crews were unhurt but the plane wasn’t repaired.

Only 2 (bad) pictures or this plane are known. It was the only real combat plane that served with this force before the independance in 1960.

Philippe Cantinaux
Brussels

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